Canadian Taxpayers Federation

What Should Happen Next at TransLink

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

No more poodles on poles, no more $40,000 TVs, no more leasing empty buildings, no more TransLink vanity projects.

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.

B.C. City Councils Can Improve Through Core Reviews -- If They Stick Together

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.

Less Deflection, More Action Needed to Reduce New Housing Prices In Vancouver

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Nothing is quite as popular as a tax on someone else. Vancouver's mayor knows this, and that's why he is pitching tax hikes on overseas property buyers, despite a notable lack of data...

Politicians Hate Government Ads -- Until They're The Government

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

While we scrimp and sacrifice and pay our taxes to ostensibly fund critical services like public safety, health and education; politicians line up to spend it on flashy ads designed to help them get more votes.

The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

American and Canadian transit opponents paint themselves as populist supporters of the common people, a tactic also used against carbon pricing. They fail to note that poor and middle class families will benefit most from public transit and other sustainable transportation options. To reduce pollution and address global warming, we must do everything we can, from conserving energy to shifting to cleaner energy sources. Improving transportation and transit infrastructure is one of the easiest ways to do so while providing more options for people to get around.

Naysayers Launch Swish Anti-TransLink Tax Website

The Huffington Post B.C. | Montana Cumming | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The No Translink Tax campaign unveiled its new website Thursday, with some dramatic visuals to get its point across. The site is protesting the pos...

'Twas The Night Before A B.C. Taxpayer's Christmas

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through B.C. The pipeline wars were stirring, even over LNG

PST Hike Proposed For Metro Vancouver To Pay For Transit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Metro Vancouver residents will soon know if there will be a regional referendum asking them to approve tax increases for new and improved t...

B.C. Post-Secondary Presidents Are Spending Like Rock Stars

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If these expenses are an example of presidents acting frugally in the face of funding shortfalls, taxpayers should be very concerned.

Don't Rush To The Amalgamation Altar, Victoria

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Not to sound like the grumpy parents of two love-struck teenagers, but there is a whole lot more to consider before taxpayers give their approval to such a wedding.

TransLink Should Focus On Restoring Public Faith In The Organization

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.

Want Your Team To Win The Stanley Cup? Raise Their Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Business

A coalition of low-tax advocacy groups recently put out a report analyzing what high income taxes on hockey players mean for NHL teams. And, natura...

B.C. Tax Rates A Win For Canuck Fans

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

This revenue -- which doesn't include corporate taxes, property taxes, sales tax or a myriad of other taxes B.C. residents are charged -- pays for things that benefit people far outside the Canuck dressing room. The Canuck players' income tax bill alone covers roughly the cost of 600 young teachers - or 425 Vancouver police officers.

Vision Vancouver Sells Out Taxpayers For Big Labour Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.

It's Time To Take The First Real Step Towards A Debt-Free B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.

Tory MP Made $85,564 After Quitting Manitoba Legislature

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - When Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire quit the Manitoba legislature to run for a federal seat, he received $85,564 in transition pay ...

B.C. Mayors, Councillors Out To Pickpocket Taxpayers Yet Again

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

An important travel advisory for provincial politicians headed to this week's Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Whistler: keep a close eye on your government issued credit cards.

B.C. Auditor General For Local Gov't Fizzled Quick As Canucks 1st-Round Draft

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

We had such high hopes.

What Is It With B.C. Government And Expensive, Poorly Managed Computer Projects?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers deserve to know why these projects are going over budget, why they are failing, and precisely what government plans to do about it.

A First Look At How Much B.C. First Nations Chiefs Actually Make

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

How do these chiefs get away with making so much money? In part, because very few people actually knew they made that much. For a lot of bands, politician salaries were a closely-guarded secret.

This Government Service Is Turning Into A Tax In Disguise

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Business

Some taxpayers’ groups say Canada’s employment insurance system is turning into little more than a cash cow for the federal government, a tax disg...

Seaterra's Esquimalt Bribe Should Leave Taxpayers Seaterr-ified

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The CRD's financial management of Seaterra has been Seaterr-ible since the start. It's time for the regional district to give taxpayers the true, detailed cost implications of this massive plan, and for Esquimalt taxpayers to put the CRD's letter in the recycle bin -- where it belongs.

Why Is B.C. Liquor Still Overtaxed, Despite 'Reforms'?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Take a $15 bottle of wine, for example. In B.C., we pay $7.11 for the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) markup tax, 60 cents in other LDB fees, and 94 cents in Provincial Sales Tax -- a total of $8.65 in taxes. That means when British Columbians buy a bottle of wine, they actually pay more in taxes and markup than for the actual drink itself.

Simple Math for Teachers: Economic Growth = Higher Wages

Jordan Bateman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whatever the final government deal is with the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF), and whenever it's settled, the BCTF must quit opposing economic growth if it ever hopes to accomplish its long-term salary and class size goals.